Bolton Wanderers' £100 million 'Middlebrook Masterplan' deferred

The Bolton News: The Middlebrook Masterplan The Middlebrook Masterplan

COUNCILLORS have deferred a decision on Bolton Wanderers’ controversial £100 million sport, education and office development — to see what the traffic implications of the scheme might be.

At an extraordinary meeting of the planning committee yesterday, members discussed plans to upgrade and reconfigure Bolton Arena, expand the west stand of the Reebok and build a new, free sports academy on Burden Way.

The so-called ‘‘Middlebrook Masterplan" proposal, submitted by Burden Leisure who own Bolton Wanderers and the Bolton Middlebrook Leisure Trust, also includes plans for up to 2,500sq metres of office space.

The plans have attracted criticisms from some of Bolton Council’s high-profile development partners, including the Emerson Group and Bluemantle.

Emerson representative Graham Bee said the proposals were at odds with their plans to develop office accommodation on the Horwich Loco Works and would further impact on traffic on the area.

A report in the possible repercussion of the Loco Works development on the highways network is due to be released before Christmas.

He said: “We are in favour of the sporting and educational principle — our concerns have been centred on the ancillary developments.

“If you decide to approve, we still have serious concerns that the highway network would struggle with the increase in traffic from the offices and housing accommodation.”

Richard Gee, speaking on behalf of Wanderers, explained time was of the essence for the club.

“To spend another three years talking makes life very difficult for us”, he said.

“We struggle to see how this proposal at an outline stage cannot go forward, and we struggle to set out in any more detail what the benefits to the borough and local residents would be.”


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But Cllr Nick Peel moved to deferred making a decision until planning officers were given the chance to assess the traffic report, which was supported unanimously.

He said: “I have concerns about the transport assessment – it would offer an overall picture for the area.

“I understand the developers’ responses but it doesn’t need to take that long for this to come back, and when it does come back we will have a lot more information for members about the traffic impact.”

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9:08pm Thu 5 Dec 13

owencoyle99 says...

Where is Nick Peel
Where is Nick Peel owencoyle99

11:26pm Thu 5 Dec 13

toes says...

you think the towns newspaper would be able to spell 'Burnden' correctly
you think the towns newspaper would be able to spell 'Burnden' correctly toes

12:11am Fri 6 Dec 13

DavidSmeth says...

Pity mr peel didn't defer for the logistics north application as that will have much more impact on the transport network?!
Pity mr peel didn't defer for the logistics north application as that will have much more impact on the transport network?! DavidSmeth

1:38pm Fri 6 Dec 13

byrom57 says...

They need to pay for all the work themselves and donate something to the community if they want this scheme to be approved, then it will sail through unopposed as did set of lights outside ASDA at Astley Bridge
i spoke to councill planning regarding Blackburn Road being a very busy major trunk road and gridlocked in the morning and at night and that these lights would increase delays as they stop the flow of traffic but was told it would be unafected !!, now we sit there for 15-20 minutes crawling along from the iron church to these lights blocking off the road from the valley from emerging traffic, so if bwfc use the same logic as ASDA job done no deferral
They need to pay for all the work themselves and donate something to the community if they want this scheme to be approved, then it will sail through unopposed as did set of lights outside ASDA at Astley Bridge i spoke to councill planning regarding Blackburn Road being a very busy major trunk road and gridlocked in the morning and at night and that these lights would increase delays as they stop the flow of traffic but was told it would be unafected !!, now we sit there for 15-20 minutes crawling along from the iron church to these lights blocking off the road from the valley from emerging traffic, so if bwfc use the same logic as ASDA job done no deferral byrom57

2:34pm Fri 6 Dec 13

saj70n says...

Spend the money on buying good quality player instead of the rubbish we have at the moment
Spend the money on buying good quality player instead of the rubbish we have at the moment saj70n

2:38pm Fri 6 Dec 13

thomas222 says...

They need to propose something simple to get planning permission for that then just build and build regardless of planning until they get what they really wanted in the first place. Seems to work very well for some people in this Town...
They need to propose something simple to get planning permission for that then just build and build regardless of planning until they get what they really wanted in the first place. Seems to work very well for some people in this Town... thomas222

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